Throwback Thursday: The .500 Mark

January 1, 2014: As countdown confetti was being swept up and the calendars flipped, the Raptors played the first New Year’s Day home game in franchise history. A sold out hometown crowd entered Air Canada Centre and 2014 with new enthusiasm for their team. Another tough challenge lay ahead for the Raptors with the league-leading Indiana Pacers in town. And once again, in front of dropped-jaw amazement, the Raptors stole the unexpected win with a 95-82 finish. They had won six of their last eight games. This one took them to .500 after 30 games for the first time since…

January 6, 2010: As snow fell north of the border, the Raptors were continuing to turn around an unimpressive start to their season, with a stop in sunny Florida. A sold out hometown crowd entered Amway Arena and 2010 with continued enthusiasm for their team. Another tough challenge lay ahead for the Raptors with the reigning Eastern Conference champions, the Orlando Magic, as their opponents. And once again, in front of dropped-jaw shock (and rare boos from the local fans) the Raptors stole the unexpected win with a 108-103 finish. They had won seven of their last eight games. This one took them to .500 after 30 games.

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January 1, 2014: DeMar DeRozan finished the game with 26 points replacing Jose Calderon in 5th position on the Raptors all-time scoring list.

January 6, 2010: Four of the current top five all-time scoring leaders played in the game in Orlando that night. Chris Bosh and Andrea Bargnani led the Raptors with 18 points apiece and DeMar DeRozan closed out with 12. Vince Carter finished with seven points and Jose Calderon, now the sixth all-time scorer, came off the bench with five. (Morris Peterson was sidelined in OKC as his team, The New Orleans Hornets, took the win on the road.)

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